ABB displays digital solutions at the World Intelligent Manufacturing Summit

Nanjing, December 6, 2016

The World Intelligent Manufacturing Summit (WIMS) will be kicked off on December 7, 2016, in Nanjing. At the 510-sqaure-meter exhibition area, ABB will showcase its leading technologies and solutions including smart power distribution, motors and drives, automation control systems, robotic automation, electric vehicle charging, and smart home systems at the Nanjing International Expo Center, fully demonstrating its latest technical achievements in the digital field. Bazmi Husain, Chief Technology Officer of ABB Group, will deliver a keynote speech at the “World Intelligent Manufacturing Cooperation Development Forum”, sharing his views on the development trend of manufacturing under the Fourth Industrial Revolution as well as ABB's innovative technologies and experiences.

In recent years, the new generation of information technologies represented by cloud computing, big data, Internet of Things, mobile Internet and artificial intelligence are increasingly integrated into industrial sectors, and intelligent manufacturing becomes the key of the new round of industrial revolution. China has unveiled the "Made in China 2025" initiative with a focus on the development of key fields such as high-end computer numeric control (CNC) machine tools and robots, advanced rail transit equipment, power equipment, energy-saving and new energy vehicles, to gear up upgrading its manufacturing from “big” to “strong”.

Dr. Chunyuan Gu, Chairman and President of ABB (China) Ltd., said: “The ‘Made in China 2025’ initiative is not only pushing forward the transformation of traditional manufacturing into smart manufacturing, but also creating a broad space of cooperation between ABB and our customers. Based on a 125-year history of innovation and our long-term advantages in power and automation, ABB is continuously working with partners to realize the full potential of our digital offerings, making a contribution to the transformation and upgrade of manufacturing.”

As a multinational company with a history of over one hundred years, ABB has been leading technical innovation in the previous industrial revolutions. ABB has invented or pioneered such power and automation technologies such as HVDC, variable speed drives, grid management, industrial robots and extended automation which have driven the evolution in various industries. Built on ABB’s installed base of more than 70 million connected devices and over 70,000 installed control systems, the company is leveraging its profound knowledge in customers’ domains to further develop unique digital offerings, leading the development of industrial digitalization. Its exhibits at the WIMS are perfectly reflecting ABB’s full value-chain solutions for intelligent manufacturing under the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Intelligent manufacturing cannot be separated from reliable power supply. At the WIMS, ABB will exhibit its smart power distribution technologies including the new-generation smart low-voltage switchgear, medium-voltage (MV) smart solution, MV smart manufacturing solution, Internet energy management system, and power management system. These solutions can help factories improve digitalization, connectivity and automation level of power distribution, and provide smart manufacturing with reliable power supply. Among the exhibits, SmiS is a locally-developed intelligent MNS switchgear with the integration of Ethernet technology and smart sensors. The embedded smart sensors make it able to conduct real-time measurement of figures and temperature, and help users take advantage of big data analysis and preventive maintenance to ensure continuous power supply so as to enhance productivity.

Motors and drives are indispensable devices in industrial production. While providing energy-efficient motor products and drives, ABB has also introduced a series of digital solutions applied in daily monitoring and services for the devices to meet the demands of future manufacturing. For instance, ABB’s monitoring system for large motors and smart sensors for LV motors can help users collect information of motor operation parameters and upload them to cloud server for analysis to achieve real-time monitoring and preventive maintenance. For drive users, ABB’s remote service solution enables ABB engineers to remotely monitor drives by installing adapter components so as to diagnose the potential and ongoing problems in time and help customers better manage the production process.

As an important component of intelligent manufacturing equipments, industrial robot can help reduce production costs, greatly improve production efficiency, capacity and product quality, and advance the transformation of manufacturing industry. As the world's leading industrial robot technology provider, ABB will display IRB 1200’s application in labelling, IRB 120’s application in face painting, and multiple applications of ABB’s first collaborative robot YuMi such as motion control, conductive programming and integration system for product assembly, testing and packaging in 3C industry. Thanks to YuMi’s humanistic safety design, visitors at WIMS can experience this collaborative robot with a historical breakthrough significance in close range without fences.

In addition to the various efficient and energy-saving electrical equipments, automation control software and systems are also needed in intelligent manufacturing to optimize production flow and improve factories’ operational efficiency. At the WIMS, visitors will see ABB’s manufacturing execution system which seamlessly integrates with various types of control systems, production equipment and applications, and help customers from different industries realize flexible planning, real-time production tracking and quality control. With MES, factories can not only improve equipment utilization, but also reduce substandard products and production cost, shorten the delivery cycle and realize smart production.

While boosting the development of smart manufacturing, technologies are also creating a more environmental-friendly and comfortable life for people. At present, electric vehicles and smart home systems have increasingly become a part of modern life. Terra 53 Z, of which the rated power is up to 50kW, is a general type of high power DC fast charger specially designed for China market. A 20-minutes charging with this device could give a normal electric vehicle enough power to drive 100 km. At the WIMS, ABB will also bring its “i-jia” wireless smart home system, which enables users to control light, temperature and electrical appliance at home via smart phones, so as to meet the requirements of Chinese households for a quality life.

The World Intelligent Manufacturing Summit, held in Nanjing from December 6 to 8, is sponsored by the Ministry of Industry and Information of the People’s Republic of China and Jiangsu Provincial People’s Government. Themed “More Cooperation, Smarter Manufacturing”, the WIMS aims to build an international high-level cooperation and exchange platform for smart manufacturing, discuss the development trend of future smart manufacturing, and promote the innovation-driven development of global smart manufacturing.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing more than a 125-year history of innovation, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization and driving the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 135,000 employees. ABB has a full range of business activities in China, including R&D, manufacturing, sales and services, with 18,000 employees, 40 local companies, and an extensive sales and service network across 147 cities.

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